American Gothic Art and Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature

Author(s) Kerry Carso

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism, Art and Music

Series: Gothic Literary Studies

  • November 2014 · 256 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781783161607
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781783161614
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783161621


‘Although Mark Twain, and others before him, criticised the infatuation with Sir Walter Scott in American culture, Kerry Dean Carso’s lively book demonstrates the degree to which Gothic literature and architecture deeply shaped American literature, architecture, painting and landscape gardening from the late eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. American Gothic Art and Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature is a strongly interdisciplinary work, well researched and transatlantic in scope, providing new and exciting ways of thinking about the sources and meanings of American artistic creation in the early national period.’
–David Schuyler, Professor of Humanities and American Studies, Franklin & Marshall College

‘This is an engaging and highly useful interdisciplinary study that explores early nineteenth-century architecture and the visual arts in the United States within the context of antebellum romantic literary culture. Weaving a rich historical narrative that ranges from the estates of the Founding Fathers to the historical paintings of Allston and Cole; from the gothic villas of A. J. Davis, Cooper, Irving and Hawthorn, to Edwin Forrest’s granite castle on the Hudson, the author presents a fascinating and informative work that appeals to general readers as well as specialists.’
–Dr Linda Ferber, New York Historical Society

‘Kerry Dean Carso explores the Gothic imagination in its many complex forms in literature, architecture, art, landscape and theatre, as it explodes the boundaries between fiction and reality and weaves an interconnected web of associations in which sensation triumphs over reason. From the sublime heights of Thomas Jefferson’s crenellated prospect towers to the wild and lawless landscapes of Washington Allston, the romantic incomprehensibility of Washington Irving’s “Sunnyside”, and the stage-set theatricality of Edwin Forrest’s Fonthill Castle, Carso elucidates the power and the primacy of the Gothic sensibility across all realms of creative activity during the early nineteenth century.’
–Gail Fenske, author of The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Kerry Carso

Kerry Dean Carso is Associate Professor of Art History at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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